Just as I Am (Guy Sebastian album)

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Just as I Am
Guy Sebastian - Just as I Am.jpg
Studio album by Guy Sebastian
Released 8 December 2003[1]
Recorded 2003
Genre R&B, pop
Length 48:12
Label Sony BMG
Producer John Foreman, Mark Holden, Bryan Jones, Jarrad Rogers
Guy Sebastian chronology
Just as I Am
Beautiful Life
(2004)Beautiful Life2004
Singles from Beautiful Life
  1. "Angels Brought Me Here"
    Released: 24 November 2003
  2. "All I Need Is You"
    Released: February 2004

Just as I Am is the debut album by the first Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.

Given the relative popularity of Australian Idol in late 2003, BMG Australia subsequently contracted Sebastian for a record before Christmas 2003. He wanted to record a mixture of pop and R&B material. Guy Sebastian co-wrote three of the songs on the album "All I Need Is You", "I 4 U" and "Something Don't Feel Right". He says on his web page: "I think the credibility in having your own stuff makes you as an artist. Credibility is what I've always strived for and I couldn't imagine my first record not having one of my songs on it." The album also features cover versions of "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, "Can You Stand the Rain" by New Edition and "When Doves Cry" by Prince.

Commercial performance[edit]

The first single from the album, "Angels Brought Me Here", debuted at number one having set a record for first week single sales for a debut for an Australian artist and was the highest selling single in Australia in 2003.[2][3] "Angels Brought Me Here" went on to earn four platinum accreditations and win the 2004 ARIA for Highest Selling Single.[4] The song also reached #1 in four Asian countries and New Zealand.[5] In January 2010 it was announced as the highest selling song of the previous decade by ARIA, finishing ahead of Anthony Callea's cover version of "The Prayer".[6]

Just as I Am was released in December 2003 and debuted at number one on the Australian album charts selling 163,711 copies in its first week.[7][8] This remains the second highest ever one week sales for any album in ARIA chart history.[9] Just as I Am became the 5th highest selling album in Australia in 2003 within three weeks of release.[10] It reached 6× platinum, and eventually sold in excess of 480,000 units.[2][11][12] It received a nomination for highest selling album at the 2004 ARIA Awards.[4] Just as I Am places #28 on ARIA's list of highest selling albums of the last decade, the 9th highest entry for an Australian artist, and the highest for an Australian Idol contestant.[6] The second single "All I Need Is You" also debuted at number one in the Australian charts and was accredited platinum.[13][14] Just as I Am was also released in New Zealand, where it peaked at #3 and achieved double platinum accreditation.[15][16]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Angels Brought Me Here" (Jörgen Elofsson, John Reid)
  2. "So I" (Jamie Jones, Jack Kugell, Jason Pennock)
  3. "Can You Stand the Rain" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis)
  4. "No One Can Compare (To You)" (Jones, Charles Kember, Kugell, Monty Neuble, Pennock)
  5. "All I Need Is You" (Guy Sebastian, Adam Reily, Alun Firth)
  6. "What a Wonderful World" (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss)
  7. "My Beautiful Friend" (Adam Reily)
  8. "Something Don't Feel Right" (Guy Sebastian, Alexander Laurie, Adam Reily)
  9. "When Doves Cry" (Prince)
  10. "Just as I Am"
  11. "3 Words" (Adaamick Mendoza)
  12. "I 4 U" (Guy Sebastian, Gary Pinto, Jarrad Rogers)

Chart positions[edit]

ARIA and RIANZ Charts

Year Chart Position Certification
2003 Australia 1[7] 6× Platinum[11]
2003 New Zealand 3[15] 2× Platinum[16]

ARIA End of Year Chart 2003

Overall rank

on Chart


Artist rank

5[10] 3[10]

ARIA End of Decade Chart (2000/2009)

Overall rank

on Decade Chart


Artist rank

28[6] 9[6]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Catalog Ref.
Australia 8 December 2003 Sony BMG 82876587792 [17][1]


  1. ^ a b "Just As I Am by Guy Sebastian". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Asmoro, Widi (15 August 2005). Beautiful Life & Guy Facts Archived 20 January 2012 at WebCite. opensubsciber.com. Retrieved 10 June 2010
  3. ^ Aria End Of Year Charts Top Singles 2003. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 January 2010
  4. ^ a b Aria Awards 2004 Archived 4 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Australian Recording Industry Association. retrieved 17 February 2009
  5. ^ Artist Information: Guy Sebastian. 6 Degrees Management. Retrieved 7 January 2010
  6. ^ a b c d Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem & P!nk top ARIA’s End Of Decade Charts* (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 7 January 2010 - retrieved 28 January 2010
  7. ^ a b Australian Charts Just As I Am Archived 19 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 28 January 2010
  8. ^ Cashmere, Paul (27 December 2006). Damien Leith Has Biggest Seller Of The Year. undercover.com.au. Retrieved 7 January 2010
  9. ^ Adams, Cameron (29 December 2009). Susan Boyle's album smashes sales records Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 June 2010
  10. ^ a b c End Of Year Highest Selling Album Charts 2003. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 February 2009
  11. ^ a b aria.com.au Accreditations - 2003 Albums. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 January 2010
  12. ^ Quinn, Karl (21 Nov 2004). Everyone's A Winner. The Age. Retrieved 20 June 2009
  13. ^ All I Need Is You. australian-charts.com. retrieved 7 January 2009
  14. ^ Accreditations 2004. Australian Recording Industry Association Retrieved 7 January 2010
  15. ^ a b Just As I Am. charts.org.nz. Retrieved 28 January 2010
  16. ^ a b RIANZ Archived 9 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. Recording Association Of New Zealand. Retrieved 28 January 2010
  17. ^ "Just As I Am – Guy Sebastian". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Life for Rent by Dido
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
15 December 2003 – 11 January 2004
Succeeded by
Fallen by Evanescence